• by Richard Adams and Harriet Clifford
    Edexcel admits it was wrong to cut British jazz artist Courtney Pine from courseThe work of the British jazz artist Courtney Pine is to be swiftly reinstated to A-level music, after an examination board admitted it had been wrong to drop his album from its course and leave its syllabus without any black composers.The Guardian […]
  • by Dave Arthur
    Washboard player with the Vipers, which helped set the stage for British rock’n’roll during the 50s teenage ‘skiffle craze’John Pilgrim, who has died aged 87, achieved fame, if not fortune, as washboard player with the Vipers during the brief mid-50s “skiffle craze”. The Vipers were among the most popular and exciting of British skiffle groups, […]
  • by Dave Gelly
    (33 Jazz)The songs of the late, great Scottish saxophonist, composer and songwriter are done full justice by vocalist Tina May and the James Pearson TrioThe late Duncan Lamont was a remarkable man: jazz saxophonist, first-call session musician, composer and highly original songwriter. He was also uniquely productive, intent on writing a song a day – […]
  • by Laura Barton
    He’s revered for shooting Ways of Seeing with John Berger, but Mike Dibb has made films about all the giants of culture – as well as Wimbledon tennis balls. He looks back on a dazzling careerThis morning, like most mornings, Mike Dibb is sitting in his conservatory. “It’s where I spend many, many, many hours,” […]
  • by James Shapiro
    It had the hottest musicians, the coolest singers – and Louis Armstrong playing Bottom. But Swingin’ the Dream was a $2m flop. Can the RSC breathe new life into this big band take on the bard?When Swingin’ the Dream opened on Broadway on 29 November 1939, the creators of this jazz version of A Midsummer […]
  • by John Fordham
    Dazzling and innovative jazz pianist with a penchant for adventurous compositions, some of them classicalA piano technique that could embrace ragtime, boogie, Art Tatum’s dazzling virtuosity, Thelonious Monk’s terseness, post-1960s free-jazz and experimental electronics ought to have been enough to make the American pianist Stanley Cowell a major jazz star – even if he had […]
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  • by Harriet Clifford and Richard Adams
    British jazz artist Courtney Pine axed amid Covid-related course changes, says Pearson EdexcelCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe only black composer has been dropped from the syllabus of a popular A-level music exam, along with the study of jazz, because of course changes demanded by the coronavirus crisis, according to the examination board […]